FORT MYERS, Fla. — Steven Wright remembers the day he knew something was wrong.
“It was Dec. 19,” the righthander said this morning. “I woke up and I knew something was going on.”
It proved to be a sports hernia. Wright had surgery at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester about a month later and arrived at spring training today. He won’t be able to start throwing until sometime in May.
“I think I got hurt lifting weights. I know it wasn’t something specific,” Wright said. “It was more cumulative.”
Wright, a knuckleballer, appeared in four games for the Red Sox last season and was targeted for the Triple A rotation. His loss, even temporary, cuts into the team’s starter depth.
“All I can do is rehab and wait,” the 29-year-old said. “I’ll be [in the trainer’s room] while I’m in spring training. It was terrible timing.”
Wright was 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 24 starts for Pawtucket last season.